Jan. 11, 2012
By Cara Maio
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--The Colorado State women's basketball team won, 73-39, against the Air Force Falcons Wednesday afternoon at Moby Arena.
This is the first time since Jan. 4, 2007 that the Rams (5-11, 1-0) have been in first place during the conference.
Before the tip-off, Air Force (5-11, 0-1) received a technical foul for checking in their starting lineups late. Sophomore Sam Martin made both of the free throws to start the game.
Colorado State started off strong, but Air Force never let the game get out of hand. At last, the Rams pulled away to lead by 16 at half. Colorado State's largest lead of the game was 37.
"I like how we tried to get the ball inside, especially in the first half," said Head Coach Kristen Holt.
Senior Kim Mestdagh's first points of the game came from the free throw line, eight minutes into the second half, followed by a three-pointer, to go on a 10-4 run. Mestdagh caught on fire, shooting 3-7 from the field, 3-5 beyond the arc, and 2-2 from the free-throw line. She collected seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Mestdagh ended the game with 11 points.
"We showed a lot of grit today," said Holt. "I liked our energy. We hung in there, everyone contributed."
Martin scored 17 points, shot 87.5 percent from the field, and was 1-1 from the three-point line. She also collected six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
"All year I've been pretty pleased with our defense," said Holt. "It was solid."
Junior Meghan Heimstra scored 12 points and collected six rebounds along with having four assists and three steals.
Freshman LaDeyah Forte
put up 10 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals. Freshman Hanne Mestdagh
scored a career-high eight points, with six of those points being from beyond the arc.
Air Force couldn't get anything to fall in, getting eight second chance points off of 21 offensive rebounds.
"I think we really tried to follow the game plan," said Holt. "This game was much needed."
The Rams will go on the road and head out to TCU on Jan. 14 followed by Boise State on Jan. 17.